King takes late change in his stride

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HETTON fighter Jordan King is warming up nicely for his second professional fight this weekend – even though he will have to adapt to a late change of opponent.

The 21-year-old heavyweight, formerly of Hetton ABC, was due to face Newcastle’s Scott Westgarth, but the Tynesider has unexpectedly withdrawn and King will now face Portsmouth’s former Junior ABA champion, Angelo Crow.

Crow has had four professional fights and lost three, but a recent change of trainer coincided with him winning his last fight with a first-round knockout, stopping his five-fight undefeated opponent in the process.

King’s trainer, Paul Quarmby, told the Echo: “It will not be an easy fight by any means.

“We had fancied the Westgarth fight – Jordan was looking forward to it – but he knows he will also have to be sharp for Crow too.”

King is well-prepared after a five-week training camp, working both in Derbyshire and Hetton, and he is determined to build on his debut pro victory, a comfortable six-round points win against experienced Lithuanian Egidijus Kakstys.

King fights on the undercard of a bill topped by County Durham’s former world amateur champion Bradley Saunders at Gateshead Leisure Centre tomorrow – a show which will be broadcast on Box Nation.

Unbeaten Saunders has also been subject to a last-minute change of opponent. Gyorgy Mizsei Jr has stepped in after original opponent Krzysztof Szot opted to switch to fighting fellow unbeaten boxer Scott Cardle in Manchester – a fighter who is a weight below Saunders and does not have as good a knockout ratio as the North East man.

Of his new opponent, Saunders said: “He’s very durable and will be tough. I watched him once and he looked very awkward.”

The 20-year-old Hungarian has an impressive record of 16 wins in 23 fights, with a 43 per cent knockout ratio. Remarkably, nine of the 10 knockouts have come within three rounds.

Saunders said: “That doesn’t bother me at all. I can whack myself and he’s got to hit me first first.

“I’m training in the MGM Marbella in silence and planning on my success doing all the talking.”

Tickets, priced £35, are still available for the fight.